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Preliminary Hearings

A preliminary hearing is a very important event in the criminal justice system. It is not where the Commonwealth has to prove you guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, but where the Commonwealth must show a prima facie case. Prima facie means correct until proved other...

Drug Overdose Immunity Bill Passes Pa. Senate

Immunity for individuals who call in drug overdose can also cover the individual who overdosed. Pennsylvania State Senators unanimously passed a bill to offer immunity to drug users who call 911 when someone is having an overdose. The Pa. Senate voted 50-0 to pass...
Is GPS tracking of sex offenders for life unconstitutional?

Is GPS tracking of sex offenders for life unconstitutional?

On March 30, the U.S. Supreme Court, in Grady v. North Carolina, held that requiring sex offenders to submit to GPS monitoring is a “search” under the Fourth Amendment.  But the Court left open the larger question of whether or when such monitoring is constitutionally...